Fire TV update adds new Prime Video interface and makes Amazon Channels easier to access

A new software update is starting to roll out to Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The update adds a new Prime Video interface that gives you a way to browse movies and TV shows available through Amazon. It also makes getting to your Amazon Channels a lot easier by adding an icon for each channel you’re subscribed to in your Apps row on the Fire TV home screen.

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Save $10 when you buy 4 Amazon Echo Buttons — $29.98 total

Amazon is running a new promotion that automatically takes $10 off the purchase of 4 Echo Buttons. Echo Buttons are sold in sets of 2 for $19.99, so when you add 2 of the sets to your cart, you’ll see your total automatically reduced to $29.98 at checkout. This is the first time that Echo buttons have ever been on sale. Echo buttons give you a physical way to interact with skills on your Echo devices. They’re still a very new concept, so developer support is limited. Right now, there are 25 Alexa skills that use Echo Buttons. Most of the best ones are games, such as Simon Tap, which requires 4 buttons, and Trivial Pursuit Tap. This promotion ends on April 23rd.

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Amazon Echo Dot on sale for $39.99 and Echo on sale for $84.99

Amazon currently has the Amazon Echo Dot on sale for $39.99. That’s $10 off the regular price and just $10 more than the lowest price it has ever been. Also on sale is the full-sized Amazon Echo for $84.99. That price is $15 off of the regular price and is only $5 more than the lowest price it has ever been. This sale is available to all customers, not just Prime members, and will most likely last all week. The Echo Dot is available in black or white, and the Echo is available in a variety of colors.

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DirecTV Now drops support for 1st gen Fire TVs and 1st gen Fire TV Sticks

DirecTV Now, the online TV service, has recently dropped support for the 1st generation Amazon Fire TV and the 1st generation Fire TV Stick. When DirecTV Now first arrived on Fire TV devices in late 2016, it was available on all Fire TV models, new or old. Now only the 3rd-gen Fire TV, 2nd-gen Fire TV, 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions are listed as compatible with the app. Read more ›

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Philo’s $16 streaming TV service is coming to Fire TV devices this summer

Philo is one of the newest streaming internet TV providers that has been growing in popularity thanks to its inexpensive $16 bundle that gives you access to 37 channels. Philo CEO Andrew McCollum has told CNET that the service, which is currently only available through Rokus and iOS devices, will be coming to Amazon Fire TV devices this summer. Additionally, around the same time, Philo will be adding TV Everywhere access so that Philo subscribers will be able to unlock TV network apps included in their lineup. Read more ›

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New Fire TV apps of the week — April 8-14

This week there were 29 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. Several interesting games have been released, including Space Inversion 2, which is inspired byt he classic Space Invaders game, and Tango Ball, an endless Flappy Bird style game where blocks close in on you. Soccer fans will want to check out Dugout, which is run by some of the world’s biggest soccer teams and is a place to watch exclusive videos from over 70 different teams. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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This weekend is your last chance to save on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

The Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick have been on sale all week, so this weekend is very likely the last days before their prices go back up. The Amazon Fire TV with 4K and HDR support is on sale for $49.99 and the Amazon Fire TV Stick is on sale for $29.99. Both of those prices are as low as they’ve ever been for non-Prime members. Prime members have seen those prices $5 lower during past sales that were only available to Prime members. While we’re expecting a new premium Fire TV model to be released in the coming months, neither of these two models on sale today will likely be replaced until at least the end of this year or later.

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Amazon’s Fire Tablet sale for Prime members ends this weekend

All of Amazon’s Fire tablets are still on sale for Prime members and this weekend is very likely the last days of the sale before prices go back up. The Fire HD 8 for $54.99 and Fire HD 10 for $109.99 are easily the best deals of the bunch because both are just a few bucks above the lowest price that these tablets have ever been. If that’s too much to spend, the Fire 7 for $34.99 is still a good buy because it’s just $5 more than its lowest past sale price. The Fire 7 Kids Edition for $74.99 and the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $94.99 are also decent sale prices if you value the 2-year replacement guarantee, 1-year FreeTime membership, and other extras that come with the kids edition tablets.

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Season 4 of Amazon’s original hour-long drama ‘Bosch’ premieres today

The latest season of Amazon’s original hour-long police series Bosch is now available to stream for Prime members. This is the fourth season of the show, which makes it Amazon’s longest running original drama. Amazon has already renewed the series for a fifth season. The book series, which the show is based on, is up to 20 novels already, so there’s plenty of content to use for the series. You can catch the trailer for the fourth season here or just dive right into the ten new episodes.

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Amazon lowers Ring video doorbell price to $100 after finalizing acquisition

Amazon has closed their acquisition of Ring, a smart home hardware company best known for their video doorbell. To celebrate, they’ve lowered the price of the standard Ring Video Doorbell to $99.99. The retail price of the doorbell was previously $179.99, however, Amazon currently lists it as having an old price of $132.99, which is around the price it sold for during the last few months. The new price matches the lowest price it has ever been in the past, which occurred during this past Black Friday. The doorbell being discounted is Ring’s first doorbell. None of Ring’s other product prices, such as their 2nd generation doorbell or Pro doorbell, are being lowered. Ring, much like Amazon’s recent acquisition of Blink, will continue to operate as an independent company, but it’s probably safe to expect to see deeper integration with Amazon’s other products and services in the near future.

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